Lessons from the Field: Aiming for Excellence at the Wallace Foundation

Center for Effective Philanthropy



Case Study Sector


Aiming for Excellence at the Wallace Foundation describes how leaders at Wallace have responded to results of the Grantee Perception Report (GPR), which the Foundation has repeated three times. Each successive GPR has enabled foundation leaders to more sharply hone their performance improvement efforts as they embark on a series of actions. The second in a series, the case study highlights a foundation working to improve its performance in response to comparative assessment data. The case illustrates the need for continuous feedback loops to inform decision making.



  • Evaluation
  • Strategy


  • Northern America

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